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[Phrenic nerve pacemaker- the first implantation in Hungary]

KLAUBER András1, MORVAY Balázs2, GERHARD Exner3, PASI Talonen 4

JULY 20, 1997

Clinical Neuroscience - 1997;50(07-08)

[As a result of a traffic accident on July 15, 1994 a 20 years-old girl immediately became tetraplegic at the C2 level. She had no spontaneous respiration and she needed a respirator. The neurological status has not changed, the total spinal cord lesion has not improved. Her general condition was satisfactory after the treatment of complications (some pneumonia, decubitus, etc.). She underwent an operation on May 31, 1995 and she was given a phrenic pacemaker. The equipment has been working without any problem for fifteen months. Although phrenic nerve pacing is not new for experts, our case is worth presenting since she was the first in Hungary who survived the high cervical spine injury. She lives at home without a respirator, restrained but yet tolerably. ]

AFFILIATIONS

  1. MÁV Kórház, Mozgásszervi Rehabilitációs Osztály, Budapest
  2. Vas megyei Markusovszky Kórház, Aneszteziológiai és Intenzív Betegellátó Osztály, Szombathely
  3. Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfall-Krankenhaus, Hamburg, Németország
  4. University of Technology, Tampere, Finnország

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